The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is made up of a community of faculty and staff who reflect the diversity and global relevance of South Asian Studies. Through our diverse academic disciplines, summer language institute, annual conference, student organizations and outreach programs, the Center seeks to define and promote greater understanding of South Asian history, language, religion and culture. We also support linkages to other relevant area studies and global studies programs that emphasize transnational flows of culture, people, money in ways that are important to a better understanding of South Asia both in the past and the present.
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Ahmedabad - Life of a City in India
DVD – (30 minutes, 1983)
Price: $195.00 + shipping and handling
…traces the history of the city as Hindu rulers were replaced by Muslim rulers, who in turn were replaced by British rulers. Under the British, Ahmedabad became a major industrial center. Differences between laborers and mill-owners flared into industrial disputes. Gandhi, from his ashram in Ahmedabad, led a textile union in its successful non-violent struggle for fair wages. The film shows Ahmedabad today as a modern industrial and administrative center, containing, in addition to squatters and laborers, a growing middle class of clerks, civil servants, and entrepreneurs generating their own artistic and consumer cultures.
UW ALUMNI EVENT IN DELHI IN DECEMBER 2013
The Center for South Asia is hosting a party for UW alumni and friends from 7-10pm on December 18th, at the India International Centre in New Delhi. Please email Lalita du Perron, email@example.com, for more details.
GOODMAN RECEIVES FULBRIGHT-HAYS AWARD
Rachael Goodman, a PhD candidate in anthropology at UW-Madison, received a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research grant to undertake a year of fieldwork in India. She will travel to Uttarakhand in February to research why Indian NGOs continue to implement a variety of income generation projects though they rarely unfold as either NGO workers or project beneficiaries expect. Though no one’s hopes and needs are met entirely, both NGO staff and villagers must derive enough benefits to keep them interested in forest plantations, self-help groups, and producer cooperatives. Rachael seeks to discover exactly what these benefits are and how negotiations between different economic worldviews and the manipulation of a variety of social ties create them.
UW Alumna (2013) Kristina Nielsen, who spent her junior year on the UW Study Abroad program in Varanasi, now studies for her MA in Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Here is her blog: